Antonov Company



First flight 1959

The AN-24 was designed for short- and medium-haul airlines. Owing to high flight performance, structural reliability, ability to operate from/to unpaved airfields, operating economy and ease of maintenance, the aircraft was recognized not only in the Soviet Union, but also abroad. For the first time in the world practice, the adhesive bonded/welded joints were used in the airframe structure having replaced traditional riveting, which enabled to save labour-intensity in aircraft manufacturing, improve structural strength and durability. The AN-24 aircraft was serially built at the Kyiv aircraft manufacturing facility (1961–1979, 1,028 airplanes), at the aircraft manufacturing facility in Ulan-Ude (1965–1971, 174 airplanes), at the Irkutsk aircraft manufacturing facility (1965–1971, 165 AN-24T airplanes). About 40 modifications were developed on the basis of the AN-24 airplane.


Main characteristics

Length (m) 23.53
Height (m) 8.32
Wing span (m) 29.20
Wing area (m) 74.98

Flight characteristics

Cruise speed (km/h) 420
Operational range (km) 990
Operational ceiling (m) 9100


18th of December 1957 Enactment of the USSR Council of Ministers No. 1417-656 concerning development of the airplane with a payload of 4000 kg and a flight range of up to 400 km with a cruising speed of 450 km/h was published.
20th of October 1959 the AN-24 made its first flight. The airplane was flown by the crew: Georgii Lysenko – captain, Yurii Kurlin – co-pilot, Volodymyr Popov – navigator, Petro Melnichenko – radio operator, Afanasii Kruts – flight engineer, Yakov Ryzhik – leading test engineer.
19th of August 1961 Resolution of the CPSU Central Committee and the USSR Council of Ministers about launch of the AN-24 serial production at Kyiv aircraft manufacturing facility No. 473 was published.
In September 1962 the AN-24 made its first technical flight with passengers along the route: Kyiv – Kherson. Pilot in command: N.G. Kovtiuk, pilot of Kyiv squadron No. 86.
12th of December 1964 Military Industrial Commission issued a Resolution regarding development of the AN-24LP ice patrol airplane (AN-24 Toros) on the basis of the AN-24 airplane.
In 1965 series production of AN-24B airplanes was launched at aircraft manufacturing facility No. 99 in Ulan-Ude.
16th of November 1965 the AN-24T (transport version of the AN-24 airplane) was flown for the first time by the crew of test pilot Yurii Ketov.
In January 1966 the first production AN-24T aircraft manufactured at the Irkutsk aircraft manufacturing facility No. 39 flew for the first time.
In 1968 the AN-24 Troianda (AN-24VMF), an airplane for testing the submarine search equipment, was built in Irkutsk.
25th of December 1970 the Y-7 aircraft (a Chinese replica of the AN-24) flew for the first time. Pilot in command: Li Benshun.
In May – June 1982 39 women’s world records were set on the AN-24RV airplane. Among them, on the 7th of May 1982, the ceiling of 11,050 m was reached, and on the 7th of July 1982, the cargo of 8,096 kg was lifted to an altitude of 2,000 m. Manyna Popovich and Galyna Korchuganova were alternately the captains of the female crew.


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